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Fellow Lobsters,

I’ve been working on this chrome extension for a little over a year now. I wanted a way to browse reddit, lobste.rs, youtube etc. while I’m eating without getting my greasy pizza covered hands all over my laptop. But the extension has a few other good use cases, including for good causes.

I’ve linked to the docs page because anyone can create a “plugin” for the extension to cover their use case.

Do you have a use case? Would love to know peoples’ thoughts, even if the criticisms are harsh :)

I’ve linked the docs page: https://docs.lipsurf.com

There’s also the homepage: https://www.lipsurf.com

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    While I appreciate the potential uses of this, I have to say that one of the nicest habits to build is paying attention to one’s food.

    Food consumption usually comes in two kinds: Group - so, there are people around you to talk to while you eat Solitary - i.e. you are eating on your own

    What I’ve noticed is that adapting my habits from, say, watching TV while eating, to simply sitting down, looking at my food, and eating, takes me from the frame of mind of food-as-sustenance to food-as-pleasure. What I notice is that usually if I watch or am otherwise distracted while eating food, I will tend to eat it very fast, which, (sure, while causing digestive problems) tends to make the food itself less pleasurable, and usually means I feel peckish shortly after, because while I physically feel full, it’s like my brain has not quite got the message. Whereas if I focus on the food, I am not just more mindful of my surroundings, but of the flavors that my food has. It also tends to mean that I feel fuller for longer, weirdly (as per the reverse of the aforementioned food-hunting). To me, there is a certain mindfulness about it, and it generally makes the days when I do it, more memorable and pleasurable for some reason.

    Aside from the above, I’m really not able to describe why it’s a good thing, and why it feels good to me. But, I encourage the reader of this to try it.

    I hope this doesn’t come off as a ramble, and I’m sorry for any errors in the previous text. I’m low on sleep and ‘spoons’ right now.

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      My mom always told me stuff along those lines :) Regardless, the extension is not limited to that use case.

      You could, for instance, setup a voice shortcut to perform a task in the browser that would usually take multiple steps. It can be intricate yet have a simple voice interface. For example, if you wanted to limit yourself on time-sucking sites like facebook, twitter etc. you could make a plugin that allows you to say “open twitter.com for 5 minutes” that would open a self-destructing tab on twitter.

      Now, I don’t think that’s a unique feature in and of itself. However, the fact that there’s no complicated interface to 1) build and 2) for the user to figure out – makes it more impressive and useful IMO.

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        I totally disagree with this. I see food as fuel. So I want eating to be as fast and efficient as possible so I can go do something else . If I can use my brain to do something else while my mouth chews, that’s even better. To spend my mind focusing on food is just taking a first step towards food hedonism. In a couple years you end up spending 4 hours at a $300-a-meal restaurant telling your table buddies how the 20g dish in front of your reminds you of your childhood summer in Tuscany.

        So I counter-encourage people to not try this^.

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          In a couple years you end up spending 4 hours at a $300-a-meal restaurant telling your table buddies how the 20g dish in front of your reminds you of your childhood summer in Tuscany.

          Sorry, what? I really cannot agree less that that is the end goal here. Enjoying your food is something that everyone should be able to do, like living and working in surroundings that they find pleasant, dressing in clothes that are comfortable, etc. That’s like saying if I take a few minutes to really look and appreciate a sunset, after 5 years I’ll be chasing them for the purpose of doing professional photography. To be able to take pleasure in the world around us is something that, quite frankly, should be a fundamental human right.

          So I want eating to be as fast and efficient as possible so I can go do something else.

          If that’s the case why even eat diverse food at all, just prepare your soylent mulch and gulp that down.

          Something I now realise I forgot to mention, but that is present, is that such meal times are for me an exercise in good mental health – mindfulness in any form is a way of calming the mind and body and engaging in the world. Part of the adjacent point is to avoid overworking one’s self.

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      People who can speak but have trouble with hands (motor disorders):

      • Parkinsons
      • People who are losing fine motor skills
      • Amputees

      I think this is great.

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        So while I agree with what alexandria said, this is actually frickin’ fantastic.

        I installed it and gave it a go for its money. Browsed reddit a bit, looked at the help, navigated with annotations…so frickin’ sweet! This is so, so impressive. I’m actually wondering how you have made something so good and professional and are giving it for free. You are a saint.

        And top of all this, the plugin API…is frickin’ sweet itself. Tailored voice controlled sites is the way to go, and here you have created a super easy way to do that.

        I guess you could create a company that creates these tailored experiences.

        I’m definitely keeping this extension installed, and I don’t say that too often :) Hey, how about you create a plugin for lobste.rs? :D

        23:51 EST: I see the source is not open. How can I be sure your extension is not recording what I’m saying, browsing, etc? (Obviously there are non-invasive ways to check, but still)

        I was thinking as an improvement, have an option to keep annotations on always. It is annoying to say “annotate” all the time. As well as “go back” when “back” or “forward” suffice.

        What are you using for speech recognition underneath?

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          Thanks for your feedback!

          Hey, how about you create a plugin for lobste.rs? :D

          I probabably will, if no one else does it before me: https://github.com/lipsurf/plugins

          23:51 EST: I see the source is not open.

          The core of it is not open source, but as it is just a chrome extension and written using JS, the source is always visible and verifiable technically

          I was thinking as an improvement, have an option to keep annotations on always. It is annoying to say “annotate” all the time. As well as “go back” when “back” or “forward” suffice.

          The annotations should be staying on? I definitely need to improve those (spent too much time doing Japanese support recently) Also just saying “back” or “forward” should also work, check out the options where you can see all the command words for each plugin.

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          But I can’t talk while I am eating.

          On the other hand it’s very easy to have a clean hand while eating pizza. What you do is pre-tear your pizza into pieces and then fork them into your mouth. This has the added benefit of allowing you to accurately estimate the amount you are going to eat by seeing your whole meal at once, instead of shoveling pizza into your mouth one-at-a-time until you’re full.

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            I’d also like to know What are you using for speech recognition underneath?

            Looks like its something generic since text replacement is used for postprocessing to improve accuracy.

                    "please tab": "previous tab",
                    "fort worth": "forward",
            

            or even

                    "ghost app": "close tab",
                    "collect a blonde": "select tab 1",